Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Coming To An Army Near You

The highest-ranking woman in the Concord Police Department, who received two settlements over lawsuits claiming sexual harassment, is now being sued for the same allegation.

Lt. Robin Heinemann, a 22-year veteran, made unwelcome remarks of a sexual nature to Wendy Schwartzenberger, who works as a civilian community service officer, from 2004 to 2009, according to a suit Schwartzenberger filed last week in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

During that time, Heinemann patted Schwartzenberger's behind, kissed her at least 100 times and made her uncomfortable by referring to her and her partner, including asking whether Schwartzenberger would ever share her sexually, the suit said.

At a lunch in April 2009 to welcome a new officer, the suit said, Heinemann opened Schwartzenberger's fortune cookie and read the message aloud: "You will be giving this year."Heinemann added, "In bed," and suggested to Schwartzenberger that she call her partner to "ask how giving she had been in bed that year," the suit said.

"Plaintiff was uncomfortable and embarrassed because this was done amongst many people she did not know and in front of many others who didn't know she was gay," said the suit, which names the Police Department and Heinemann as defendants and seeks unspecified damages.

Perhaps the homocons like The Sniper, Max Boot, and Blackfive will reconsider.

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